Archive for the ‘Finance’ Category

Fight Debt Pay With Cash

With the ongoing mortgage crisis still unfolding, a lot of homeowners have had to go to great lengths to keep on track with their mortgage – even using their credit cards to make mortgage payments!

While credit cards can be a great thing to have in case of emergencies, they have a lot of harmful side effects and it can be argued that they are bad for society as a whole. Once it was the norm to pay with cash. If you couldn’t afford something, you simply didn’t buy it. (more…)

Rent Hits All Time High

UK rents surpassed their pre-downturn peak in September to reach a record high,  according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index.

In September,  UK rents rose to £689,  exceeding those seen in August 2008,  the previous market high.  The average UK rent is now 3. 1% higher than at the same time last year,  following 8 consecutive months of rises. (more…)

New Fixed Rate Secured Loan

Link Loans, secured loan lenders, have launched a new secured loan product with a fixed rate for 3 years, This new loan is available to both employed and self-employed borrowers, with a maximum LTV(Loan To Value) of 75%. (more…)

House Prices Lowest In 16 Months

A new survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors indicates that House prices in England and Wales experienced their largest fall in September since May 2009.

The RICS house price index dropped to -36 in the three months to September from -32 in the three months to August, a drop that the RICS has blamed on supply pressures as homeowners’ rush to sell before public spending cuts kick in next year. (more…)

How to Efficiently Deal with a Financial Emergency

Financial Emergency

It happens to everyone at least once — just when you think you are on top of your finances and your budget is flowing smoothly, disaster strikes. The size of the disaster may not be huge; it could just be a blown tire during your tightly budgeted vacation. Or it could be as big as the loss of a job, a house fire or a disabling health condition. Whatever your financial emergency, you can get through it if you have planned ahead and prioritize. (more…)

Inheritance – What Are the Options?

Inheritance

There are steps you can take to protect your assets so that upon your death your family will have clear access to as much of your estate as possible.

How you protect your children’s inheritance depends upon the kind of estate you have, and the resources you are able to utilise before your death to establish the appropriate instruments for the disbursement of your estate. (more…)

Steps to Take to Get and Keep a Healthy Credit Score

Credit Score

Having a healthy credit score is close to being a necessary consumer asset today. If you don’t have a healthy credit score that fact can affect your ability to get a mortgage, rent an apartment and even get a job.

Lending institutions, employers and landlords are just some of the people and organizations that can request access to your credit score and will use that information in making their decisions about you. (more…)

Why Credit Card Statement Checking Is A Must

Credit Statement

The credit card statement may not be a welcome piece of mail in most homes, but if it is not checked correctly or thoroughly credit card holders could be incurring more costs than they realize.

At first glance the credit card statement can be confusing, but once you know what to look for you can save yourself money and even protect yourself against fraud.

First you’ll want to ensure that you look over the “purchases or new charges” section to review what you purchased over the previous period. Ideally you should keep your charge receipts for all purchases so that when you receive your statement you can check those charge slips against the charges listed on your statement. (more…)

Home Loan Approvals Are Up

Home Loans

Home loan approvals rose a little in March, after a slight drop in February, almost 20% up on the year. Mortgage lending has eased off as homeowners paid off debt.

Approved loans for house purchases rose to 34,905 in March from 33,360 in February and up from 29,212 in March 2009 according to The British Bankers’ Association.

The BBA said the figures indicated the effect of the reversal of a temporary increase in the property tax threshold at the start of the year. This had impacted the demand for home loans in February. (more…)

UK Inflation Up More Than Expected

UK Inflation

The Office for National Statistics have said that consumer inflation rose more than anticipated in March, led by a knock-on effect from gas bills that remained static last month after falling a year ago.

Consumer inflation rose to 3.4% in March from 3% in February, another contributing factor resulting in the increase was higher fuel and air fare prices. (more…)